Specialties

We specialize in two things: therapy and you.

Bright Horse Counseling offers a collection of specialty practice areas that are unique to our therapists. We make sure that every client connects to the right professional, at the right time, for the best outcome.

Better. Together.

Praticing therapy as both an art and science.

The therapists at Bright Horse Counseling offer many different specialty therapies and services. All of our modalities have been scientifically proven to be effective, and many of them have roots in indigenous and ancient practices thousands of years old. Our therapists combine their knowledge of evidence-based interventions with a respectful and artful application of ancient practices such as meditation, body-centered therapies, breath work, and yoga. We believe this is the art and science of therapy.

Respecting Science

Our therapists value evidence-based therapy techniques, and continually evaluate the effectiveness of our services. However, many components of popular therapies have roots in ancient and indigenous practices that have been used therapeutically for thousands of years.

Honoring Tradition

Bright Horse Counseling does not condone the rebranding of ancient practices simply to seem “credible” or “legitimate” to the dominant culture. Our therapists are trained to respect and honor the origins and roots of the ancient and indigenous practices which influence modern psychotherapy.

Therapies

Specialty Therapies

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Regulate your emotions, tolerate distress, improve interpersonal effectiveness, and practice mindfulness.
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We provide fully-adherent dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). What does that mean? Well, it means that we work very hard to provide this therapy exactly as it was designed. DBT therapy focuses on helping you regulate your emotions (changing the way you experience your emotions), tolerating distress (accepting the way you experience emotions), interpersonal effectiveness (having better relationships), and mindfulness (just generally chilling out). DBT is empirically supported (there’s research!) to provide relief and recovery from a number of psychological conditions including but not limited to borderline personality disorder. We also use DBT to help you manage and recover from addictive disorders. (There’s lots of letters for that kind of therapy. It’s called DBT for SUD.)

In addition to meeting weekly, you have the opportunity (and are encouraged) to reach out to your therapist via text throughout the week to get support in implementing the therapy. DBT is different from other types of therapy, and has some additional requirements. Weekly DBT Skills group attendance is required while participating in individual DBT therapy, and a minimum commitment of 6 months is requested to begin.

EMDR

Cope with disturbing life experiences by reducing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and improving integration of stressful memories.
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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that helps people cope with disturbing life experiences by reducing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and improving integration of stressful memories. EMDR can be applied immediately following a stressful event or years later. EMDR can be a very potent therapy and can produce intense and lasting results.

Equine Therapy

Incorporating horses into therapy is an emotionally healing process, especially for those seeking to try something new.
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Equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning incorporates horses into the therapeutic process. The horse (or horses) become a part of your therapeutic team. Equine therapy has been found to be effective with a number of different issues, and for a varying number of populations. We have found equine therapy to be very effective for those who are seeking something outside of the traditional therapy session. We partner with a local farm to provide our equine therapy sessions.

Trauma Informed Yoga

Find the connection between breath, body, and mind to increase body awareness and regulate emotions.
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Trauma-informed yoga uses the connection between breath, body, and mind to assist individuals in increased body awareness and emotion regulation. Trauma Informed Yoga takes into account what we know about the neurobiology of stress and creates a safe environment to explore or return to our physical bodies. For trauma survivors and highly sensitive individuals this journey can be lengthy and difficult. Trauma Informed Yoga should always be conducted by teachers or therapists with special training. At Bright Horse Counseling we can integrate Trauma Informed Yoga into the sessions we provide for clients as well as provide training in trauma informed yoga for students, teachers, therapists and the community at large.

Experiential Therapy

We enlist the use of tools, activities, movements, and animals to bring a tactical experience to the session.
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Experiential therapy uses tools, activities, movements, and animals to bring an experience into the therapy session. Experiential therapy can be weaved into traditional talk therapies and even blended with other models such as DBT and CBT. This type of therapy is often used to process emotional events, relationships and conflicts, and internal conflicts. Individuals who “feel stuck” with traditional talk therapy often benefit greatly from the introduction of experiential techniques. This therapy is often used in the treatment of behavioral disorders, grief and loss, addictions, trauma, and interpersonal relationship therapy. People can receive experiential therapy in traditional one on one sessions, in groups, or in day-long intensive sessions.

Attachment Based Therapy

We’ll explore your early attachment process (your connection with early caregivers) and its impact on your present relationships.
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Using the relationship with the therapist as a model, clients learn about secure attachment, their personal attachment style, and work toward improving the relationships they have with themselves and others. Therapy can help the client reduce dysfunctional emotions that might have been caused by attachment issues early in life like jealousy, rage, rejection, loss, and anxiety. This therapy is very beneficial for those who struggle in relationships, with commitment, or with fear of abandonment.

Specialty Areas

Let’s be real, being human can be rough. Culture, technology, relationships, work, family, and money can really take a toll on how we feel, what we think, and what we do. Bright Horse Counseling offers therapy for general concerns such as mood, anxiety, and life stressors. You do not need a specialized problem or a specialized treatment to benefit from therapy. We can offer different therapies that will suit your needs. If we complete your assessment and determine that you would actually be better served by a clinic or professional who offers a specialty that we do not, we will refer you to them! You and your wellness are our priority.

Addictive Disorders

Addiction is a complicated process involving not just the body but the brain as well. We believe addiction is a place in the human experience rather than a static disease that we either have or don’t have. Most of us will experience addiction. The questions are: to what, how severely, and for how long?

Body Image & Eating Disorders

Everyone has a body, and everyone has to feed that body. Often our view of our bodies and the way we nourish them can be a major source of pain, anxiety, shame, or self-loathing. Diet-culture is no help. Bright Horse Counselors work with clients to address the emotions, behaviors, and beliefs surrounding food and bodies. We understand that our clients dealing with these issues come in all shapes, sizes, textures, ages, abilities, genders, and identities. We believe health comes in every size, and we are an anti-diet practice.

Borderline Personality Disorders

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by an unstable sense of identity and frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. BPD is one of the most misunderstood disorders, and we love supporting folks with BPD at Bright Horse! If you or a loved one is suffering with BPD, let us help you “build a life worth living!”

Perinatal Mental Health

Family planning, unexpected or expected pregnancy, loss, infertility, or post-partum are some of the most complex, challenging and emotionally-charged events humans experience. At Bright Horse we provide specialized and supportive care to help you thrive in these seasons. Hormones, pregnancy, birth, loss, infertility, breastfeeding…oh my. We offer specialized care to individuals in all parts of the family planning process. Telehealth is available if getting to the office (or getting out of sweatpants) is a challenge. Let us join your village.

Relationship Issues

Relationships are the center of our human experience. We are all wired for relationships. If our relationships are difficult or unfulfilling, the body and mind will suffer. Common relationship problems include: people pleasing and care-taking, boundary problems, communication problems, and isolation. We can help you find the joy and connection you deserve in all of your relationships. You do not have to navigate this alone.

Trauma & PTSD

It can be difficult to recover from a traumatic experience. It can be even more difficult to find healing if that trauma was experienced in childhood, if it was prolonged, or if it took place in the context of an important relationship. Trauma therapy is as varied as the people who seek it. Let us help you find the right course of treatment, and support you in your work to recover.

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Are we a good fit?

At Bright Horse Counseling, we acknowledge that our style might not be the best fit for everyone. To see if our practice is the right one for your personality type, take the quiz.